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And Now There Are Four: A Fourth SJC City Council Candidate Emerges

In the wake of the failed attempt to recall Mayor Sam Allevato, we are closely watching the upcoming City Council elections in San Juan Capistrano.  Last we heard, there were three candidates declared for three open seats.  Among those who have declared their candidacy are incumbents John Taylor and Larry Kramer.  Also declaring was Jan Siegel, a long-time resident and member of San Juan’s Cultural Heritage Commission.  Here’s our article about Siegel.  The other incumbent whose seat is up for election is Derek Reeve.  He has not publicly announced whether or not he will run for re-election.

Now another prominent San Juan Capistrano resident has announced her candidacy for City Council.  The OC Register reports that Stephanie Frisch is running for City Council.  Frisch is the former Executive Director and a current Board member of the San Juan Chamber of Commerce.

We recently wrote about the controversy caused by a proposed retail plaza on the Plaza Bandera site at the gateway to downtown.  That article is here.  Frisch is among those opposed to the proposed development.  According to the Register:

She said a recent proposal to build a shopping center east of Mission San Juan Capistrano – an idea that has received criticism from civic leaders – isn’t the right fit and that developers need to spend more time working with the community.

Frisch cites responsible growth as her biggest concern.  She is quoted in the Register as wanting that growth to “fall[] in line with our cultural heritage and our sense of history in the town.”

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